The Rise of Skywalker Filming Locations: The Wadi Rum Desert

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The space-opera saga finally ended with this ninth Star Wars movie from the trilogy of trilogies.

However, Lucasfilm won't kill the goose that lays the golden eggs yet. More spin-offs like The Mandalorian, an Obi-Wan Kenobi series, a Rogue One prequel series, and even a whole new Star Wars trilogy with director Rian Johnson are under development.

The Rise of Skywalker cast

The cast is led by Daisy Ridley as Rey, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker.

The Rise of Skywalker had to be the film centered on Carrie Fisher's character, but after her death in 2016, Leia was removed from the final script. Billy Dee Williams is returning to his role as Lando Calrissian 36 years later. The only person to appear in all nine episodes of the Star Wars saga is the android Anthony Daniels (C-3PO).

In terms of filming locations, Star Wars Episode IX is a bit disappointing compared to its predecessors. The Rise of Skywalker was filmed on location in Wadi Rum, Jordan, and all the rest was shot in England, primarily at Pinewood Studios studios.

Where was The Rise of Skywalker filmed?

Ajan Kloss
The scenes of the jungle planet Ajan Kloss were all filmed in the Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

Film director Kevin Smith was allowed to visit the set and commented in a show called GMA Day that this is the biggest set he's ever seen in his life. He added that it was like J. J. Abrams was directing a small country.

IMDb also reports that the filming took place at Cardington studios located in Bedford.
Image courtesy of Lucasfilm

The Rise of Skywalker desert planet
Pasaana is a desert planet (like Tatooine or Jakku), home of the Aki-Aki creatures.

The cast and crew spent 3 weeks filming in Wadi Rum, considered one of the world’s outstanding desert landscapes.

It features many photogenic rock formations like the Seven Pillars of Wisdom (although most people can only count five).

The famous lost city of Petra is only about two hours driving north from here, and both landmarks are listed in the UNESCO's World Heritage list.
Image courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd and Maureen - Map

Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum is also a place full of history: Around a century ago, Lawrence of Arabia led the Bedouin people through this hostile and labyrinthine valley to launch a surprise attack on the Ottoman imperial army.

The David Lean 1962 classic film was also shot here. Nowadays Wadi Rum is a very popular tourist spot, where you can stay in a Bedouin camp and enjoy the starry Arabian nights.

Just check out the reviews of the place where you are going to sleep, as there are some scams out there looking to take advantage of unwary travelers.
Image courtesy of Sillie R

The Rise of Skywalker location
The area has been used as a filming location several times, most recently in the new 2021 film Dune.

Some other big productions filmed in Wadi Rum are Rogue One, Ridley Scott's Prometheus, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Martian, and Disney's Aladdin.

The magazine Vanity Fair featured a complete and interesting report about the making of The Rise of Skywalker.

Der Aufstieg Skywalkers drehort
The scene showing the wreckage of the second Death Star (Return of the Jedi), set the ocean moon of Kef Bir.

The sequence, filmed at Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire, contains lots of CGI, with sections looking like the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.
Image courtesy of Lucasfilm and Archigeek - Map

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  1. The photo on the hill side at the top of this piece was filmed on Ivinghoe Beacon, Buckinghamshire late August 2018 - we were camping on a farm about a mile away and could see the set. They were filming for about 3 days.


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